Does Hugo Lloris backing Pochettino prove he should have been named Tottenham captain?

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has backed Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to be a success at White Hart Lane, begging the question of whether he should be named captain.

Vice-captain Lloris was overlooked when Pochettino had to name a first-choice skipper after the departure of Michael Dawson over the summer, with the Argentine favouring North London veteran Younes Kaboul to take the armband.

Despite the Frenchman’s long-standing injury problems, as one of the most senior figures in the playing squad Kaboul’s appointment was a logical choice, although many Lilywhite’s fans believe that Lloris - or Kaboul’s defensive partner Jan Vertonghen - should have been named as the figurehead of the side.

And, with every passing week, Lloris is proving himself as the perfect choice for skipper at White Hart Lane.

One of the few good performers in the Spurs ranks this season, Lloris signed a new five-year deal over the summer, proving his allegiance to the North Londoners for the near future, and he is one of the constant selections in the weekly starting XI. Pochettino, in naming Kaboul, has created a problem for himself concerning team selections, with the 28-year-old set to feature every week as he leads the side. Whilst a good player, he has hardly proven himself in recent seasons, and Pochettino is forced to leave out either Jan Vertonghen or new signing Federico Fazio, both arguably better performers - despite Fazio’s weak start in England.

With the international break on-going, the Spurs management have had time to observe their season, and realise that it is not going as it should be, with just 14 points from 11 games leaving them in 12th place. Many of the players - including second vice captain Emmanuel Adebayor - have expressed their distaste of Pochettino publicly, and the Argentine coach is one of the favourites to lose his job in the Premier League.

However, Lloris has remained stoic throughout the tough spell, publicly backing Pochettino in French media outlet L’Equipe, saying: “When it's the third coach in a year and there are problems, perhaps it's not necessarily the coach that is the problem. Even so, we work, we try to find solutions.

“I have faith in the technical staff, in the coach,” he added.

That is the kind of approach that a captain would take to the situation, and, having been named captain of the French national team after their disastrous 2010 World Cup run, the 27-year-old has a wealth of experience in dealing with frail player-manager relationships.

Many people were shocked when the stopper was not named first-choice captain by Pochettino earlier this year, and Lloris is once again proving himself to be the perfect choice. Whilst a goalkeeper is often too far removed from the action to be an influence during games, he is undoubtedly the best off-pitch influence - and his backing of Pochettino could be the catalyst that sees him awarded the armband ahead of Kaboul.

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